25 February 2010

Scheming, knuckle-dragging...

...irredeemable neo-conservative... has a new boss...

David Peterson has hired Mike Harris to work with him in the Toronto business law firm Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

"Even though we spent many years on opposite sides of the House, I have always respected Mike, and I am delighted to have him with us at Cassels Brock."
Funny how that works.

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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"OMG! Civilized discussion is possible! Not even single mention of emergency road vehicles. ;-)"
Considering what's been happening lately, it's certainly a refreshing change.


10 comments:

Ted Betts said...

Money talks and partisan bullsh*t walks.

Interesting to see Harris accept Peterson as his boss though.

Neo Conservative said...

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"ted says... accept Peterson as his boss"

that's a little disingenuous, isn't it ted? it's not like harris is gonna be battling in court, saving murderers from the big house...

"Mr. Harris will join the law firm next week and will serve as senior business adviser, providing strategic advice to the firm's client base on a wide range of business issues, according to the release."

sounds like cb&b is snaffling up some high-powered shmoozer/lobbyist clout from the other side of the political fence as a hedge for when premier mcslippery takes a dive.

harris' big bucks job is gonna be fully-comped power lunches with a side of arm-twisting... just like former preem peterson did.

and peterson's only orders as his boss are likely to be something along the line of... "we missed that last contract... you've gotta really fire up the ol' drinking arm."

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Ted Betts said...

Just a little rib jibbin'. I actually voted for both men in different elections.

In a law firm, the Chair is "the boss" but much less so than in an ordinary business corporation.

He's there for business development much more than lobbying. He'll sit on boards, make introductions, pull business opportunity their way.

The only time there is much of a role for Peterson as his "boss" is if there is a conflict between two partners/clients and Peterson (or the executive committee of the firm) would have final say.

Neo Conservative said...

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ted says... He's there for business development much more than lobbying."

hmmm... seems to me that's gotta be a pretty fine distinction.

let's face it, ted... neither of these guys got hired for their fine legal minds.

and certainly not for their problem-solving skills.

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Ted Betts said...

It's only a fine distinction if you are going after government business. Most of the business that Harris will bring in will be private company business through his contacts in the business world and the boards he sits on, as well as reputational recognition (i.e CBB gets to advertise that it has two former Premiers working for it).

Neo Conservative said...

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be interesting to see if that's what actually transpires... anyway, thanks for the glimpse through your window.

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Ted Betts said...

OMG! Civilized discussion is possible! Not even single mention of emergency road vehicles. ;-)

Politicians as law firm partners/consultants can work for a firm like CBB: Peterson, Chretien, Mulroney make their respective firms a ton of money, open doors that could not opened to government and the biggest corporate players out there.

Fred from BC said...

Ted Betts said...

OMG! Civilized discussion is possible! Not even single mention of emergency road vehicles. ;-)


Amazing what can happen when you don't try your usual "how can I twist this argument into a gratuitous attack on Stephen Harper?", isn't it?

Ted Betts said...

I wonder if Fred from BC is going to show up today and spoil our nice conversation, eh neo?

Neo Conservative said...

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ted... you just beat me to it.

okay, fred... this is precisely the kind of exchange we're trying to get away from.

ted... for whatever faults i may have previously ascribed to him... is actually one of the more knowledgeable, articulate commenters to grace the halls of late.

let's take it down a notch... okay?

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